Carnival has launched its largest cruise ship to date as part of its AIDA cruises fleet.
New ship AIDAnova boasts over 180,000 gross tons and can hold up to 6,600 passengers; which firmly establishes it as the fifth largest cruise ship in the world. (Royal Caribbean's ships currently hold the four spots including new ship Symphony of the Seas which is the world's biggest).
And the cruise holidays offering is just as impressive, with heaps of entertainment set to be on offer for passengers on board the tropical-themed ship.
Guests who feel peckish will have a choice of 17 restaurants and 23 bars so even the fussiest of eaters is bound to find something that suits them. And while there is fine dining on offer, there'll also be culinary highlights from the street food stalls to the mysterious Time Machine Restaurant.
AIDAnova will have a whole host of family-friendly features too, but the one that's really caught our attention is the exciting on board water park complete with its own ropes courses and thrilling water slides.
Other exciting new features include the first floating TV studio, and outdoor gym, a wellness area spanning around 3,500m, an eye-catching theatre which will host daily shows, and a Penthouse Suite extending over two decks.
One of two Helio-class series of ships for AIDA cruises (details of the second ship have yet to be revealed), it's also going to be part of the "Green Cruising" concept, as the world’s first cruise ship that can be powered by low-emission liquefied natural gas (LNG) both at sea and in port.
Built at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, AIDAnova was officially christened this week in an extravaganza which included David Guetta headlining the celebrations and entertaining the crowds.
AIDAnova will be setting sail officially in December 2018 with seven-day itineraries to the Canary Islands and Madeira.
It's worth noting that, as with all AIDA cruises, the main on board language is German, and most of the cruises depart from German destinations.
AIDA President Felix Eichhorn said: "AIDAnova’s naming ceremony was a special event in a special place: We are delighted that we were able to stage the AIDA Open Air in Papenburg at the Meyer Werft shipyard, so that we could share our enthusiasm about our new ship with so many people.
"At the same time, this event was a thank-you to our partners, to the Meyer Werft shipyard, and to the many thousands of people who have helped make AIDAnova what is already the eighth AIDA cruise ship to be built on the Ems."